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J Ayres (28', 36', 81'), T Gonzales (30')
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Sat 10 Sep 14:00 - Witney & District FA - Premier Division

Match report: Eynsham SSC 4-3 Combe

Eynsham SSC claim first ever victory in top-flight off Witney & District football....

Game details:

Match: Eynsham SSC v Combe
Date: September 11, 2016
Competition: Witney & District Premier Division
Venue: Oxford Road
Kick-off: 2.00pm
Referee: Graham Bielby

Scoring summary:

Ethan Penney (8)
John Ayres (28)
Tom Gonzales (30)
Angus Ibbitson (31)
John Ayres (36)
Dale Cronie (44)
John Ayres (81)

First half:

We started quite slow and found ourselves behind after 8 minutes when a break down the wing came across the box and found Ethan Penney at the back post to easily put into an empty net.

This woke us up and we started to play some good football, the middle three managed to get hold of the ball and pass it around and it paid off as we found ourselves level on 28 minutes. We were awarded a free-kick just inside our half, Nick Edwards floated a ball over the top of the Combe defence which striker John Ayres took down and put it into the Combe net.

Two minutes later, it got better for us when this time goalscorer John Ayres turned provider, his run down the right wing was crossed into the box and found winger Tom Gonzakes at the back post to head into an empty net putting us 2-1 up.

However, the lead didn't last long because a minute later we fell asleep and Combe were level again a ball over the top found Angus Ibbitson who put the past keeper Ash Bowerman.

Then in the 36th minute we found ourselves in front once again, A ball from Tom Radburn in the middle of the park was slid through to striker John Ayres to score his second of the game and put us 3-2 up.

Again we couldn't hold on to the lead and just before half time Dale Cronie struck back for Combe to level matters at three goals apiece.

Half-Time: Eynsham SSC 3-3 Combe

Second half:

Again we started slowly and had to thank keeper Ash Bowerman for a couple of good saves.

In the 58th minute Combe had a great chance off taking the lead when they were awarded a penalty, Max Leach bought down Ethan Penney in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, the striker picked himself up to take the spot kick but Ash Bowerman guessed the right way and saving the spot kick.

Both teams were looking for the winner as both team created goalscoring opportunities but good saves from both keepers kept the scores level.

We made our only sub in the 70th minute when Dan Johnson came on for Tom Gonzales who had picked up an injury.

As the clock ticked down it looked as though it was going to end in a stalemate but in the 81st it all changed when a ball over the top from Tom Radburn found striker John Ayres who lobbed the out coming keeper and put into an empty net for his first Premier Division hat-trick.

Combe threw everything at it in the last ten minutes, but stern defending kept the score the same to clinch our first three points off the season.

Full-Time: Eynsham SSC 4-3 Combe


"A good game to watch as a neutral but nerve racking as a manager but it was good to get our first three points of the season. This group of lads gave it there all and I was really impressed with that. We got lucky at times but you will get that through the season, I thought the middle three all had decent games, keeper Ash Bowerman again was in fine form and central defender Ralph Rankin again impressed. It was good to see Tom Gonzales score his first goal for the club since his summer move from Hailey. My man of the match has to go to Captain and Striker John Ayres who lead from the front, scoring yet another hat trick for the club and has proven that he can score goals in all divisions."

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Key moments

Goal John Ayres scores for Eynsham SSC
Goal Tom Gonzales scores for Eynsham SSC
Goal John Ayres scores for Eynsham SSC
Goal John Ayres scores for Eynsham SSC


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90:00 Player of the Match
John Ayres is awarded player of the match for Eynsham SSC
81:00 Assist
Tom Radburn makes an assist for Eynsham SSC
81:00 Goal 4 - 0
John Ayres scores for Eynsham SSC
70:00 Sub Off
Tom Gonzales is substituted off for Eynsham SSC
70:00 Sub Off
Dan Johnson is substituted off for Eynsham SSC
58:00 Saved Penalty
Ashley Bowerman saves a penalty for Eynsham SSC
End of period 1
36:00 Assist
Tom Radburn makes an assist for Eynsham SSC
36:00 Goal 3 - 0
John Ayres scores for Eynsham SSC
30:00 Assist
John Ayres makes an assist for Eynsham SSC
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Tom Gonzales scores for Eynsham SSC
28:00 Assist
Nick Edwards makes an assist for Eynsham SSC
28:00 Goal 1 - 0
John Ayres scores for Eynsham SSC
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As it happened

  • Eynsham SSC
  • Combe
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  • Nick Edwards Assist 28:00'
  • John Ayres Goal 28:00'
  • John Ayres Assist 30:00'
  • Tom Gonzales Goal 30:00'
  • Tom Radburn Assist 36:00'
  • John Ayres Goal 36:00'
  • Ashley Bowerman Saved Penalty 58:00'
  • Tom Gonzales Sub Off 70:00'
  • Dan Johnson Sub Off 70:00'
  • Tom Radburn Assist 81:00'
  • John Ayres Goal 81:00'

Team selection

Bowerman, Ashley Bowerman, Ashley
Leach, Max Leach, Max
Hall, Matthew Hall, Matthew
Primhak, David Primhak, David
Edwards, Nick Edwards, Nick
Rankin, Ralph Rankin, Ralph
Gonzales, Tom Gonzales, Tom
Stratford, Andy Stratford, Andy
Radburn, Tom Radburn, Tom
Ayres, John Ayres, John
Walker, Matty Walker, Matty
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
5. Kirtlington 20 29
6. Hailey 20 27
7. Combe 20 26
8. Spartan Rangers 20 23
9. Minster Lovell 20 20
10. Eynsham SSC 20 11
11. Witney Royals 20 7

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